Bruins hit way into today's championship

Walla Walla goes 3-1 Saturday to play for the tourney crown today.

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BOISE - The Walla Walla Bruins went 3-1 on Saturday in the Boise Firecracker Tournament to win a place in this afternoon's championship game.

The Bruins lost their opener to the Boise Gems, 8-1, but went on the sweep the Twin Falls Cowboys, 8-5, the Boise Senators, 5-4, and the Columbia Mudcats, from Nampa, Idaho, 14-3 in five innings.

The Senators were also the only undefeated team in the 12-team tournament before the loss to Walla Walla.

"Mike Lesmeister threw very well," said Bruins coach Jason Parsons of his pitcher's winning performance. "He had a very clean game and was very productive."

"We need to short up our defense, but we had a very good day at the plate," Parson's said. "We're doing very well overall."

The Bruins had 36 hits on the day, with Moe Handcox leading the offensive charge. Handcox had a hit in every game, totaling five.

"Moe is kind of the catalyst of the team," Parsons said.

The team's opponent in today's championship was unavailable at press time, but Parsons was looking forward to the meeting.

"We always hope when we come into tourney that we get to play in championship," he said. "That's what we ask for, and we're looking forward to the challenge."

Boise Gems 8, Walla Walla Bruins 1

Bruins 010 000 0 - 1 6 2

Gems 212 30 x - 8 11 2

Cordeiro, Lesmeister (5) and Furstenberg; Holcombe and Catlin.

HR - Gems: Jorgensen.

Hits - Bruins: Handcox, Eggers, Lemke, Hollenbeck, Reardon, Henderson. Gems: Copeland 2, Jorgenson, Kirscher, Piney 2, Klena, Catlin, Fredrick 2.

Walla Walla Bruins 8, Twin Falls Cowboys 5

Bruins 000 313 1 - 8 8 5

Cowboys 021 001 1 - 5 7 1

Reardon and Lemke; Johnson, Doyle (6) and Elan.

Hits - Bruins: Handcox, Parnicky, Lemke, Cordeiro, Lake, Lesmeister, Arellano, Furstenberg; Cowboys: Elan, Johnson, Doyle 3, Berg.

Walla Walla Bruins 5, Boise Senators 4

Bruins 212 000 0 - 5 11 1

Senators 000 000 0 - 0 4 2

Lesmeister and Furstenberg; Bigelow and Acosta.

HR - Bruins: Lesmiester.

Hits - Bruins: Handcox 2, Eggers, Lesmeister, Lake, Reardon 3, Parnicky 2, Hollenbeck. Senators: O'Neil, Bilger 3.

Walla Walla Bruins 14, Columbia Mudcats 3

Bruins 004 73 - 14 11 3

Mudcats 030 00 - 3 5 3

Lake and Lemke; Lamb, Fuss (4), Grubbe (4) and Nelson.

Hits - Bruins: Handcox, Eggers 3, Lemke 2, Cordeiro, Reardon, Henderson 2, Martinez. Mudcats: Bixler, Emerson 2, Hall, Penrod.

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